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  1. On this topic I see the glass half full. Of course many organs in villages are played by amateur musicians that are not paid (they play usually one mass a week), but at the same time many parishes (specially in the cities) and most Cathedrals pay their organist. It is also true that church playing is only a part time job and they usually have to complement their incomes with other jobs in Conservatories or with concerts. About access to organs my experience is in general good, though I also had bad experiences. It is quite easy when you've got the contact of the titular organist or
  2. From the information I've received from organists in Sevilla, there were 2 reasons for the high fine: 1. Having restored the organ, out from the official procedure, and not with the builder that wins most of the contracts. 2. Imposing such a high fine, it was very likely that the nuns could not pay the fine and consequently they would lose the building and it would end in the hands of the regional government.
  3. Actually, in Spain very few churches belong to the city, region or state. Only desacralized churchs or convent turned into museums or cultural centres are not owned by catholic church. For the moment they are not relevant in the organ world. Talking about organs the most famous example is the Bosch organ from the Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Madrid, which belongs to Spain's National Heritage. Coming back to the nun's issue, the fine was finally reduced to the amount of 1,170 € (it was collected by crowdfunding in very few hours) http://www.elmundo.es/andalucia/2017/12/19/
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